10 months into second term, Obaseki appoints two special advisers

•Forwards commissioner nominees to State Assembly

Ten months after he was sworn for a second term in office, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Tuesday appointed two Special Advisers and forwarded the names of eleven commissioner nominees to the Edo State House of Assembly for confirmation.

It would be recalled that shortly after he was sworn in on November 12, 2020, Governor Obaseki approached the Assembly for approval to appoint 15 Special Advisers, a request that was granted, almost immediately.

With the politics of the old Edo Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the decamped members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, who followed Obaseki to the PDP in June 2020, coming to play, the governor was entangled in the web, such that no other appointment, apart from that of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, the Chief of Staff and the Deputy Chief of Staff, could be made.

Not a few public analysts, public commentators, and civil rights activists have condemned the tripartite government being run by the governor, his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu and the SSG, Osarodion Ogie , since November 2020.

Announcing the latest appointments in Benin, the SSG, SOgie, in a statement, named the two Special Advisers as Crusoe Osagie, who was appointed as Special Adviser, Media Projects, and Sarah Esangbedo Ajose-Adeogun, as Special Adviser, Strategy, Policy, Projects, and Performance Management.

The statement listed the commissioner nominees, whose names were forwarded to the Edo State House of Assembly to include: Oluwole Osamudiamen Iyamu, SAN; Prof. (Mrs.) Obehi Akoria; Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe; Osaze Ethan Uzamere and Monday Osaigbovo.

Others are: Marie Edeko Esq.; Joseph Eboigbe; Moses Agbukor; Isoken Omo; Andrew Emwanta and Mrs. Otse Momoh-Omorogbe.

Osagie, a media expert, has over two decades of experience in journalism and public relations practice. He served as Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy in Governor Obaseki’s first term in office.

Ajose-Adeogun, a former employee of Shell, is an accomplished professional with over two decades of multidisciplinary experience in the oil and gas industry. During her distinguished career in the oil industry spent in Shell Petroleum Development Company, and its other subsidiaries, Sarah was involved in various transformation initiatives that generated sustainable value across social performance, information technology, and local content disciplines.

While at Shell, Sarah deployed technology applications for the management of over USD2 billion investment funds and managed the Pension Fund digitization programme, among other projects.

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